Department of Building and Real Estate
Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy
Sept 2018 Entry
Since its foundation in 1937, the Department has become internationally recognised as a leader in providing professional education for the building and real estate industry in the region and beyond. With our dedication to excellence, we have a multi-disciplinary team of faculty members who possess expertise in their respective fields of surveying, engineering, construction health and safety, town planning, building technology, real estate, finance, law and economics. Committed to a variety of quality research projects and consultancies, we are well-known for our research strengths in construction and building technologies. To facilitate knowledge transfer and networking, we actively maintain strong bonds with the industry and our alumni, many of whom are senior staff in government departments leading consultancy practices and private enterprises.
Dedicated to fundamental and application-oriented research related to sustainable urban development in densely populated cities, the Department has identified three major focuses, namely: Construction Health and Safety, Digital Construction and Sustainable Urban Systems, which embrace the expertise of most of the staff members. Projects with significant societal impacts are encouraged and supported.
The Department is home to 28 full-time academic staff members at Research Assistant Professor level and above. Currently, 4 MPhil students and 66 PhD students are pursuing their research studies in the Department.
Smart Construction Laboratory
The Smart Construction Laboratory has been providing industrial services covering and extending the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), process simulation solutions and professional training to the construction industry. Construction Virtual Prototyping (CVP) provides a modelling and simulation environment so powerful that the production, fabrication and assembly of construction components, including the associated operational processes, can be simulated on a computer. The laboratory has secured a sizable amount of funding from industry and other sources.
Ng Wing Hong Laboratory for Sustainable City
This high-level laboratory provides an information technology infrastructure for examining the sustainable development of Hong Kong at the building and city level. The laboratory facilitates the archiving, processing and retrieval of databases and information in multi-media formats. It operates at the highest international standards and is recognised as an international leader in the field, enabling it to take advantage of the new technologies that support its contribution to knowledge. The lab seeks partners within the university and the external environment (including industry and other universities) to address the complex issues facing the built environment.
Building Technology Laboratory
The laboratory provides demonstration classes and hands-on building technology experiments on structural mechanics, concrete testing and non-destructive techniques for building diagnostics and inspection. Computer-based learning and simulation software such as Matlab and ANSYS have also contributed to the teaching and learning of temporary formwork and false work design, scaffolding and excavation techniques, reinforced concrete beam and column design, etc. In addition, our laboratory has been substantially enhanced in the fields of building health monitoring and non-destructive building material testing.
IT Teaching Room
Students can use any of the PC stations in the IT Teaching Room on a first-come, first-served basis during non-teaching sessions.
Multimedia Communication Centre
The Multimedia Communication Centre (MMCC) is an ideal learning platform for our staff and students to develop their multimedia skills by providing a comprehensive set of multimedia equipment, the latest software, technical support and training programmes.
The two studios are interconnected with a sliding partition, so they can be used either as two separate rooms or combined into one. They are designed to provide specialist teaching rooms for group project work using the tools of the trade commonly found in construction firms. Thus, together with other BRE teaching space, the studios provide a real-life environment in which a construction business office can be re-created.